User Review: Osprey Kestrel 48
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $168
Large in features and space, small in footprint.
- Very adjustable
- Lots of features
- Relatively lightweight
- Cumbersome hydration bladder pocket
As a larger guy, this pack does very well in the "fit" category. Much more flexibility than its sibling "Talon 22" (another Osprey I own). I'm also not the thinnest and the waist strap has plenty of room for girth adjustments.
Once on and adjusted properly, the pack is very comfortable. Users should be familiar with all the modern adjustment straps as this pack has them all.
The pack has a wide array of pockets and straps for storing gear, top, bottom, and sides. This allows for items of frequent use while on the go are available, and of course there is plenty of room for the rest of your gear in the main compartment.
The pack rides very well and feels very stable. Because of the packs ability to be compressed down to adjust for smaller loads, everything stays in its place as you make your way.
The trekking pole system works very well and is a great "on the go" feature. And take a close look at the sternum strap, you just might find a built in whistle
As with all the Osprey products, the construction is top notch. I've been using the pack for about three months now and have not noticed any unusual wear points.